Median Salary: The median is about $60,000, but pay varies widely depending on the institution and specialty.
Educational Requirements: Caring for museum collections typically requires a four-year college degree or a master’s in a relevant field. Curators who conduct research usually need a Ph.D.
Gearing Up: Go outside and observe nature—in your backyard, in your local public park, or even in a crack in the sidewalk with weeds growing out of it. Make observations, and then ask questions.
SOURCES: BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, LAUREN ESPOSITO